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Les Dennis and Blake Harrison to star in new play as part of new Park Theatre season
A new season has been announced been announced at the Park Theatre, featuring six world premieres at the Finsbury Park venue.
End of the Pier by Danny Robins will star Les Dennis as a faded comedian who is used to being beamed into the homes of 20 million people, but now must settle for panto appearances. Dennis will star alongside Blake Harrison (The Inbetweeners), Nitin Ganatra and Tala Gouveia when the play gets its world premiere from 11th July.
Tom Latter will direct Jim Cartwright’s The Rise and Fall of Little Voice in August. The production will star Sally George, Rafaella Hutchinson and Jamie Rose Monk and runs from 15th August to 15th September.
Claire van Kampen will direct the premiere of Sharr White’s The Other Place from 19th September. The psychological thriller is about neurologist Juliana Smithton who is interrupted by a series of disturbing events during a lecture to a roomful of doctors, and the added pressure of her impending divorce sends her life spiralling out of control. It will run until 20th October.
Joanna Murray-Smith’s Honour will be directed by Paul Robinson and run from 25th October to 24th November. It is about a couple, Honour and George, whose 32-year marriage is threatened by the arrival of Claudia.
From 5th December to 5th January, Jonathan O’Boyle, whose Pippin recently ran at Southwark Playhouse, will direct JM Barrie’s Peter Pan over the Christmas period. O’Boyle will direct the original Barrie play, and it will be produced by Damien Tracey Productions.
In the smaller Park90 space, there will be a number of world premieres. Stephanie Martin’s Alkaline, about two old secondary school friends whose friendship is tested when one of them announces her conversion to Islam, will be directed by Sarah Meadows form 10th July to 4th August.
Abigail Hood’s Spiral will run from 7th August to 1st September. Hood will star alongside Jasper Jacob in the piece which is set in present day London as a teenager inexplicably disappears. Distance, by Alex McSweeney, is an examination of the impact of mental illness, and will be directed by Simon Pittman from 5th September to 29th September.
Bullet Hole, by Gloria Williams, is about a young Londoner who is a victim of Female Genital Mutilation. It will be directed by Lara Genovese from 2nd to 27th October. A Pupil by Jesse Briton is about a disgraced musician who is contemplating taking her own life. It is directed by Jessica Daniels with compositions by Colin Sell.
The season concludes with the world premiere of Jacky Ivimy’s Dialektikon, a play about a mystical lost world. Directed by Adébayo Bolaji, it will have designs by Karl Robertshaw, compositions by Kate Luxmoore and puppetry by Jenny Dee. It runs from 6th December to 29th December.